Many pets love exploring the outdoors with us, whether it is going on a walk or exploring their backyard. As a loving pet parent, you carefully supervise playtime and walks outside the home, but many animals possess a boundless natural curiosity that often takes only a few seconds for them to dart out of sight. We understand that accidents happen, that is why McLendon Veterinary Clinic in Tuscaloosa, recommends microchipping for all pets, even those kept indoors because all pets run the risk of escaping. This simple and convenient procedure may greatly increase the chances that your pet will be brought home safely.
Our entire staff at McLendon Veterinary Clinic loves animals and wants to educate pet owners that there are measures they can take to increase the probability of their lost pets being found and returned. Call or walk-in today to discuss microchipping for your pet and one of our veterinarians or technicians will be happy to talk through the procedure with you and explain its advantages.
Microchipping Keeps Pets Safe
Pet owners frequently outfit pets with access to the outdoors with a collar and a tag engraved with their up-to-date contact information in case a wandering pet is found. This is an important safety step; however, it must be kept in mind that collars can be tugged off, or even snagged on a branch by a nervous pet in unfamiliar territory, and your contact information will no longer be attached to him or her.
Microchipping places that life-saving information on your pet in permanent form, and the chip will stay intact and readable for the pet’s full lifetime. Bring your pet to a licensed, caring veterinarian to be microchipped, then register the chip in the database and fill out your contact information. Be sure to keep it up-to-date in the database any time the information changes so you can always be contacted. If your pet is found, shelters, veterinarians, and rescue groups will be able to easily scan the chip and return your pet to you.
The process of microchipping is not surgery and is in fact very simple and quick. A veterinarian inserts it just under the skin in the shoulder area using a method somewhat like a shot that your pet would receive for a vaccine. The insertion equipment is small and the mechanism implants as quickly as a shot in order to keep the procedure as painless as possible. Much like a shot, it will probably surprise your pet momentarily, but it is a small price to pay to keep your pet safe.
Microchipping in Tuscaloosa AL
In order to keep your pet as safe as possible, Dr. Robert Collins, Dr. Sarah Compton and Dr. Kelsey Summerford recommend that you consider microchipping to make it easy to reunite with your pet. If you are located in the Tuscaloosa area, call McLendon Veterinary Clinic at (205) 553-8306 today!